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Authentic African Large (18") Idoma Janiform bust from "Cross River" Region of Nigeria w/ COA & Provenance Vintage Idoma Tribe Ritual Piece

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Authentic antique (early 20th Century) African Large Idoma Janiform bust from the the intersection of Benue and Niger region of Nigeria. Very old and lightweight. Most Idoma headdresses are very baroque and busy. Large rounded head with circular eyes, cloth headdress, applied Size approx. 18 inches in Height + 1 1/4 inch included mount( total height 19.25 inches). The Idoma used numerous masks that embodied the spirits of ancestors that were used during funeral ceremonies, to cure illness and for fertility. Living at the confluence of the Benue and Niger Rivers, the 500,000 Idoma people are predominantly farmers and traders. Artistically, they have achieved a reputation for their female fecundity figures showing an open mouth with carved teeth and vertical keloids on the temples. The face is usually painted with white pigments – a stylistic characteristic also shared with the Igbo people. Statue in overall vintage condition with wood pitting Abrasions and old patina. Age commensurate weathering to the wood. Free domestic shipping. Provenance: Comes Certificate of Authenticity- Further-Purchased from Palmyra Heritage Gallery New York, NY. Released from private collection that has sold in New York City galleries as well as top auction-Guaranteed Authentic All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. Returns & exchanges Refunds and Exchanges We accept returns within 30 days of the purchase of the item. However, the buyer is responsible for shipping the item back to us and that cost will not be refunded. We will refund your money for the item as soon as we receive the item back. Please send the item back to us with tracking or insured.